Ricky Nolasco was dominant and ended a Marlins losing streak in his last appearance. He will try to do the same on Saturday against the White Sox.
The Marlins' skid hit three games with an 11-inning loss Friday in Chicago, and they have lost 10 of their last 12. One of those two wins came last Sunday when Nolasco struck out 11 and allowed just one run in eight innings in a 2-1 win against the D-Backs.
"Nobody wants to lose," Nolasco said after his last outing. "We've been playing close games and stuff. It doesn't matter if you lose 10-0 or 2-1, you don't want to lose."
Nolasco, who is 3-5 with a 3.96 ERA this season, will face Jake Peavy in the second game of an Interleague set on Chicago's South Side.
Peavy lost his last start when he allowed four runs and five walks in six innings against the Angels, but he has been one of the team's more reliable starters this season. Peavy is tied for the team lead in wins (five) and has 58 strikeouts to 13 walks in eight starts.
White Sox: Sale wants to return to mound Tuesday
Chris Sale missed his start last Wednesday with tendinitis in his pitching shoulder, but the southpaw seemed adamant about making his next scheduled start Tuesday against the Cubs.
"I want to pitch on Tuesday, and I'll leave it at that," Sale said Friday.
Sale has been a winner in his last four decisions and has a 2.53 ERA in his nine starts. He was advised by the club's head athletic trainer to not throw again until Saturday, and White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said the team is being careful with Sale.
"He very much wanted to pitch in that game," Hahn said. "But after talking to him and the doctors, we just pulled the plug on it to err on the side of caution."
Marlins: Polanco excels in Interleague Play
Placido Polanco entered the Majors in 1998, just a year after Interleague Play was introduced, so he has played in more AL-NL contests than most players.
And he has been pretty successful.
Polanco ranks 11th in hits (224) and runs (122) among active players in Interleague games. The third baseman spent five seasons in Detroit and has plenty of experience at U.S. Cellular Field, where the Marlins are playing this weekend.
"Whether it's Interleague or not, you have to try and produce," Polanco said. "I played in Detroit for five years, so I've played here a lot. National League, American League, back and forth, it's the same for me."
White Sox left-hander John Danks made his season debut Friday after missing more than a year after shoulder surgery. In his first start since May 19 of last year, Danks worked six-plus innings and allowed three runs on four hits, striking out five batters on 76 pitches.